When going through a challenge most people don’t want pity. Pity is something that separates us from the one who is having the experience. Sympathy and empathy come closer to being accepted by the one in the challenge. They at least express some level of connection. Compassion seems to be the most helpful. Compassion implies a connection of experience to experience. The love expressed with compassion allows us to connect on a much deeper level. This level of intimacy helps to feed the thirst in our souls.

 

–inspired by friends aging grandmother

Love anyway

What do Democrats, Republicans, gays, transgendered, men, women, Dads, Moms, Russians, Canadians, Koreans, Engineers, poor, homeless, non-whites, communists, Marxists, terrorists, meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, red necks, KKK members, racists, etc…… have in common?

 

They are all humans and all are part of the collective called humanity.  Though we may not agree with them.   They are all present under the current circumstances.   They are all here to try to learn their life lessons.  WE all deserve love no matter our backgrounds.   We can choose to unconditionally love all of them even If we disagree with their perspectives or no longer hold space for those perspectives in our world view.

 

LOVE ANYWAY.

A pursuit of peace does not require weapons. It does not require weapons to be gone or outlawed. It has nothing to do with violence be it physical, verbal, emotional or spiritual. Peace does not require someone to be nice to you. Peace does not require someone to get elected or pass a law. Peace is a choice that each of us can make. We can choose to hold space for others to get it. We can choose to grow in love. The only limiting factor keeping you from peace is your own choice and willingness to pursue it.

(while setting up facebook event Peace Vigil)